Stories of Courage and Strength and Blessing Counters Linkup

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I’ve been reminded this week that everyone fights fear.

Everyone needs strength and courage. And some of us are afraid of spiders, heights, and storms, our most common fears involve our relationships. Things that can harm us or those we love. Things that might separate us from people we cherish.

Sure there are ways we can manage fear (you can read my tips in 14 Ways to Replace Fear with Strength and CouragePart 1 & Part 2), but it will always be something we have to fight through this side of heaven.

We have to decide if we’re going to listen to God’s commands to “Be strong and courageous” or allow fear to control us.

Remember . . . the people you think are strong and fearless are just choosing to LIVE. Everyone is fighting a battle. Everyone fights fear.

I love this quote by Pastor Andy Stanley.

“Past boldness is no assurance of future boldness. Boldness demands continual reliance on God’s spirit.”

Each time God told someone to have courage He said His presence would be it’s source.

Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand. Isaiah 41:10

For I hold you by your right hand— I, the Lord your God. And I say to you, ‘Don’t be afraid. I am here to help you. Isaiah 41:13

“Don’t be afraid,” he said, “for you are very precious to God. Peace! Be encouraged! Be strong!” Daniel 10:19

So don’t be afraid; you are more valuable to God than a whole flock of sparrows. Matthew 10:31

“Don’t be afraid,” He (Jesus) said. “Take courage! I am here!” Mark 6:50

If God allows you to come face to face with your fear, He will be with you and give you courage. He will never ask something of you He is not willing to and able to give you.

So . . . Be bold. Take courage. Rely on the One who will give you exactly what you need.

“I am not afraid… I was born to do this.” ~Joan of Arc

Now it’s time to go…

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This week I’d like to share

Stories of Courage and Strength

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I love Anita’s site – Postards of Hope.
She encourages readers to “share the goodness and marvellous
works of God, celebrating the gift of hope.
I was especially blessed by Reach Out for Jesus.

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Inspiration

Please go over and visit Pastor Caleb Suko and his family at
The Suko Family – Serving Jesus in Ukraine.
Pastor Suko and his family recently returned to Odessa, Ukraine.
He shares truth about the dangers people are facing and important ways we can pray.

MotivationMy friend, Joan Davis shares life’s beautiful moments of faith and life at The Beauty in His Grip.
She shares her journey from the past year in Courage to Trust.
Please go over and visit her, say hello, and be motivated by her words.

top picThis week’s top pic is from my Quotes and Pics Page.

Psalm 63:8

 Cling to the Hand of the One who loves you and holds you securely.

How has God given you courage when you’ve needed it most?

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17 thoughts on “Stories of Courage and Strength and Blessing Counters Linkup

  1. I love that you pointed out that each time God told someone to have courage His presence would be it’s source! That is so true. We don’t have to try to have courage on our own. God is the One who strengthens us. As we remember that He is with us, our fears lesson. The more we trust, the more our courage from Him grows!

    Thanks for the “shout out” for my blog, Deb! <3

    Blessings, Joan

    1. You’re welcome Joan! Your post fit perfectly with this week’s topic. It’s hard to face each day with courage when our hearts are hurting. Your message of the ways God worked through your circumstances encourages each of us. Thank you my dear friend.

  2. That irrational monster of fear showed up big in my life this week and there were moments when I was willing to give in to it. And then God.. 🙂 I chose to bow my head and ask for mercy and in a moment He showed the way.. He gave me boldness to make choices. Though I didn’t see it that way at the time, days later when He revealed His view of the moment He showed me my reaction was one of bold courage in the face of fear. In the moment it doesn’t always feel that way, BUT GOD… He is always in control and always with us. So thankful for that truth.
    Blessings,
    Dawn

    1. Amen Dawn! I love how you pointed out that even though it didn’t feel great at the moment God was showing you a way and giving you His courage. I am a mouse on my own, but with Him I have faith to face my fears and live each day! Enjoy a blessed weekend!!

  3. Take courage. Be bold. Such timely words for my heart today, Deb! Thank you for your encouraging, truth-filled, God-glorifying post! May He bless you as you continue to shine brightly for Him! Hugs!

  4. Love this post! My little boy had ear surgery this morning and was feeling scared, so we prayed about God being our super-hero. He seemed to perk up as we talked about just how big God is and how He can do anything.

    1. Oh Kathryn, I’m so glad! I pray he’s starting to feel better and heals quickly. He is our courage and strength. Enjoy a wonderful blessing-filled weekend.

    1. There are Martha. It’s hard to watch the news. But knowing the One who is Sovereign loves and cares for us. We can have courage to live through Him as He brings us to the day.

    1. You’re welcome Heather. I’ve been praying for the Suko family for many months. It is my pleasure to share their mission and invite others to join in praying. Blessings and hugs!

    1. It is my pleasure Anita. I love Postcards of Hope and I know it is blessings countless others. We can never have too much hope. God is good, and I love how He puts His children in community! Many blessings to you!

  5. Hi Deb! Choosing to live. That reminds me of the old song from Steven Curtis Chapman, “Live Out Loud.” Step out, and expect to be held. It’s everything we never expect from each other, but should always expect from our Father. I like that idea!

    Hope you are having a great weekend 🙂
    Ceil

  6. If I’m not careful, I can totally give in to fear, especially in this new and uncertain season of my life. But I’m choosing to trust and believe that God will make a way. Have a blessed week.

  7. What a wonderful truth to carry with us each day! We’re all afraid of something. We all have different challenges to face. But God is always with us and will give us grace to see us through. Blessings to you, Deb. Your words are such an encouragement.

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